On Sunday, the New York Night activated LW Lee Fleming from the disabled list. Fleming missed nearly a month with a lower-body injury sustained after blocking a shot. To make room for Fleming on the roster, the Night returned RW Mickey Simpson back to their minor-league affiliate in Utah. Simpson, who had been called up when Fleming was injured, recorded 3 assists and a -5 rating in 9 games up with the big club.
On Monday, the Night released F Bobby “Wacko” Warner and signed F Harper Hawking for the remainder of the season. The Night signed Hawking to a short-term contract to replace Simpson with their Utah farm club. The 20-year-old Hawking played in 9 games for Utah, notching 3 assists and a +2 rating. He played well enough to earn the respect of the coaching staff, who opted to keep him around after Simpson returned. Warner, who had been with Utah since the 2017 season, had 2 assists and a -1 rating in 13 games this season.
On Wednesday, the Michigan Gray Wolves activated C Hunter Bailes from the disabled list. Bailes, who is Michigan’s leading goal scorer despite playing in only 19 of their 32 games, was out for two and a half weeks with a lower-body injury. In a corresponding room to make roster space for Bailes’ return, the Wolves reassigned C Phoenix Cage to their affiliate in Cleveland. Cage has spent time with Michigan in each of the last three seasons, and recorded three points (2 goals, 1 assist) during this most recent stint.